NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) – Alleged Washington, D.C. shooter Aaron Alexis told police officers in Newport that he was being harassed by voices coming through his hotel room walls and ceiling, according to a report obtained by Target 12.
The incident report from the Newport Police Department on Aug. 7 states police were called to the Marriott Hotel at 6:23 a.m. for a harassment report. The report states they met with Alexis who told them he was in town as a naval contractor.
“Alexis went on to explain that when getting on his flight from Virginia to Rhode Island he got into a verbal altercation with unknown party at the airport,” according to the report. “Alexis believes this individual that he got into argument with sent three people to follow him and keep him awake by talking to him and sending vibrations into his body.”
The name of the caller was blacked out in the report but Lt. William Fitzgerald of the Newport Police confirmed it was Alexis.
Alexis, who police gunned down Monday following the shooting rampage, told Newport officers he first heard the voices talking to him through a wall while at a Residence Inn in Middletown so he changed hotels twice, each time he claims they followed him, according to the report.
“Alexis stated that he had not witnessed any of these individuals, but he believes they are two black males and a black female,” the report states. “Alexis stated the individuals are using a microwave machine sending vibrations to his body so he cannot fall asleep.”
According to the report Alexis declined to tell officers what the voices were saying but “he is worried these individuals are going to harm him.”
“Alexis stated he never felt anything like this,” according to the report which went on to say Alexis told officers "he did not have any history of mental illness in his family and has never had any sort of mental episode.”
Officers told Alexis to stay away from the individuals and advised him to call police if he thought they were following him.
Police say Alexis, 34, opened fire inside a building at the Washington naval installation Monday and killed 12. He was gunned down in a shootout with law enforcement.
Lt. Fitzgerald said the police immediately notified security at the naval station about the incident and faxed over a copy of the report. He said the department had no further contact with Alexis.
He declined to comment further.
Sarah Flaherty, A spokesperson for the Navy, said she could not talk about the report because it was an "ongoing incident" and directed questions to the FBI.
The FBI has not immediately returned calls for comment.
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